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LottaLiving.com • Cork 1952 Armstrong
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Cork 1952 Armstrong

Posted: Sat Jul 03, 2010 4:34 pm
by Udo Min
We just finished sanding this cork floor installed in 1952..
Found a perfect match from Capri Cork & are about to finish the tiles with a Wakol/ Loba finish...

The bevel touch to these tiles help with the install of newer tiles...

We only had to replace around 6 tiles.

It's amazing how long these tiles last....
Hopefully another 50 years...

It's been so long since we posted.
Hope all is well in the land of Modern.

Regards-
Udo-
Cork Tile Refinishing:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/47949503@N ... 574958274/
Small Bathroom:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/47949503@N ... 503325021/

Posted: Sun Jul 04, 2010 10:43 am
by Joe
nice. cork is great. It's nice that you appreciate it and chose to restore it when so many people today would have ripped it out.

Finished

Posted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 4:50 pm
by Udo Min
Outdated Links

Posted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 5:19 pm
by pinetree
looks good!

we're thinking of sanding / refinishing our cork too..
what are you using to finish it?

Posted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 6:42 pm
by rockland
Looks great!
Ours is Kentile '62 and still looks good though could use
a refinishing like yours. I stripped and re-waxed and repaired
a crack but didn't have time for a full sanding. Nice to see such
a success.

Posted: Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:18 pm
by Udo Min
Just used a orbital palm sander hooked up to a hepa filter shop-vac to sand the cork.. We used 80 grit sand paper to get most of the finish off.
If you have any wax. It might be helpful to strip it off before sanding.
Somehow the steam cleaner we have seemed to work great on the floor to remove any dirt or wax before sanding:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Mcculloch-Mc1 ... u=10771195

We got some filler unfinished floor tiles from Capri cork:
http://www.capricork.com/Mediterra_Products.asp?id=223

Glued it down with:
http://www.apccork.com/adhesives_finishing.html

Finished two coats with:
http://www.loba.de/pages_us/lobadur_ws/ ... pra&id=528

Used a maroon pad between the 2 coats (If you cut out a circle they should work fine attaching to any hook & loop orbital sander):
http://www.skilcraftsales.com/aocatalog ... 452940.jpg

We tried the bona kemi traffic finish on another cork floor in the past & like the results of the loba finish much more. The Loba finish went on ten times smoother & longer initial dry time without lap marks...

Another good tip is to buy the mixing jar for mixing the loba finish/hardener then you can pour on an even line to brush out with a t-bar or pad applicator (It helps if you have 2 people one to pour & the other to work the t-bar or pad...):
http://www.padco.com/default.cfm?PID=1.9.2.3
http://www.loba.de/pages_us/lobatool/lo ... cup&id=572

Any good floor distributer should have all these items...If they sell loba then they will have all of the above items...Key is finding a distributer that sells to the homeowner...
Here's a list of flooring distributer places to start calling with the above shopping list:
http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-203541359.html

Hope this helps...
Regards-
Udo

Posted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 4:27 am
by janelom
This post gives me so much hope. I believe that our original 1956 cork is under the current vinyl tile in our den. I'm not quite ready to pull one up as there are other more pressing projects at the moment but hopefully soon.

Does anyone know what I can use to remove the glue from the cork without damaging the cork?

Posted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 2:26 pm
by Udo Min
Interesting Dry ice comment in this thread used to remove vct tiles.
Where can one find dry ice as a homeowner...?


http://www.askthebuilder.com/421_Adhesi ... vers.shtml

Posted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 3:30 pm
by rockland

Posted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 4:12 pm
by egads
I even saw it at the supermarket!

I saw this method described in a different place on the net. In that case, they were using the dry ice to remove just one damaged tile to replace it. In their case the idea was to make the VCT very cold and brittle so a single smack with a hammer would shatter the tile and allow it to be removed without damaging the adjacent tiles. I may try it as I have a couple of deep divits in the kitchen. (my family is hard on things)

Posted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 4:20 pm
by pinetree